Prerequisites: Optics 1, Astrophysics 1, Mathematics 1, Physics 2
Description: Characters with this skill study galaxies, stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteors. The skill requires at least one of the following pieces of equipment: telescopes, radar, energy sensors, cameras, and computers. Each piece of equipment astronomers use to make their observations adds +5% to their success rate.
Astronomers can identify objects in space, from planets to space vessels. Identifying takes a half-hour for objects closer than 10,000 km, 1 hour for objects further away. Astronomers can also calculate the age, speed, mass or orbit (course) of any object in space. Astronomers can only make one calculation at a time, each calculation taking one half hour to complete.
Source: SF module 2010